Summer Freshmen Families

Freshman and Stockbridge Parents and Family Orientation

If your student is starting at UMass in the fall, you're encouraged to attend Parents and Family Orientation, a two-day program that runs concurrently with your student's summer orientation session.

Schedule of Events
Session Dates
Registration Details

  Schedule of Events 

Orientation sessions begin on Monday morning and end on Tuesday evening or start on Thursday morning and conclude on Friday evening. The program includes information sessions on a range of topics. Below is a sample of the sessions being planned for 2016.  Parents and Families attending the 2016 program will receive a detailed schedule when they sign-in.

Day One

  • Parent Check-in/Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome
  • An Academic Perspective
  • Money Matters
  • Lunch & Meal Plan Options
  • Campus Health & Well-Being
  • Campus Resource Fair
  • Living at UMass
  • Student Panel
  • Commonwealth Honors College
  • Dinner
  • Dessert Reception
  • Trolley Car Rides to Downtown Amherst

Day Two

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Emotional Health & Your College Student
  • UMatter at UMass Amherst
  • Technology @ UMass Amherst
  • Lunch
  • Campus Tours
  • Academic Support & Athletics
  • Move in Day/Fall Transitions
  • Check-out 4:15-5:30 PM

   Parents and Family Orientation Dates:

June 6-7                                   June 27-28
June 9-10                                 June 30-July 1
June 13-14                               July 7-8
June 16-17                               July 11-12
June 23-24                               July 14-15

    Registration Details

The cost of the two-day orientation is $100 per person. All participants, including any siblings who will join you, must be registered and pay the fee in order to attend the program. The $100 fee includes five meals, parking, and program materials. Overnight accommodations are not included. Fees may be paid by credit card or check and are non-refundable.

Parents and families should arrange for their own overnight accommodations. One option is Hotel UMass. You can contact the hotel directly at 1-877-822-2110 to make reservations or book online. The hotel will offer a special rate for families based on availability.  The group codes are: NSO16C for June reservations and NSS16C for July. Space is limited so please book early. Additional lodging information is available through the Office of Parent Services.

For some families, attending one of our Parents and Family Orientations may create a financial hardship. A limited amount of funding is available, based on your student’s financial aid eligibility, to assist families if this fee does pose a difficulty. If you wish to apply for a fee waiver for up to two attendees, please email us at before you register for the program. If approved, you will still be responsible for your own overnight accommodations.  You should include your student’s name, ID#, and your name. Your student must have a FAFSA on file in order to be eligible for consideration.

Please note: Although a Kosher Meal Plan is offered to students during the academic year, kosher meals are not available at New Students Orientation or Parents and Family Orientation. Vegetarian options are available at every meal.


Check-in for parent program takes place from 8:45 - 9:45 AM. Parents and Families park in the Campus Center Garage at One Campus Center Way. A parking pass will be provided at parent check-in.